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Midlife MountaineerAwesome  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 6, 2007

Midlife Mountaineer

Beautiful day, more difficult than I anticipated.
Posted Jul 8, 2007 4:28 pm

Scott RogersWoohoo  Sucess!

Scott Rogers

My first backpacking adventure when I was 11
Posted Jun 25, 2007 8:28 pm

heather14Perfect Day on Yale  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 17, 2007


Could not have asked for a better day! A little breezy on the summit ridge, but still great!
Posted Jun 17, 2007 10:27 pm

Mots010Yale  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2007


One of the shorter Sawatch range 14'ers hikes, but one of the most impressive looking. Some snow on the ascent, but most could be avoided. A nice combo of plunge-stepping and glissading from about 13,700 to 13,000 eased the descent a bit. Snow did not soften much so ice axe recommended. Runout was rocky in places.
Posted Jun 11, 2007 5:53 pm

ppergandeSnow & Thunder  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 30, 2007


First 14er of the year. I ascended the Southwest Slopes for Denny Creek. The trail was hard to follow on account of all the snow. Especially above tree line, but it was easy to make your own route. I made a direct shot for the summit @ approximately 13,000' up a small couloir (with crampons & axe). At the summit the weather was great except for the building thunder storms (10:30am). They built faster than I expected and I had to hall ass off the summit. A great one day spring hike!!!
Posted May 1, 2007 9:50 am

Sarah SimonSo, how 'bout that summit block  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 17, 2001

Sarah Simon

Creepy final summit block.
Posted Apr 19, 2007 7:35 pm

Anya JingleVia Southwest Slopes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2003

Anya Jingle

A pleasant hike to an impressive looking peak. We managed to descend below the treeline before it started to rain and thunder. To my surprise, many people were still heading up at that time. The slideshow from our day up there is here: Mount Yale via southwest Slopes
Posted Jan 23, 2007 6:28 am

boisedocsteep  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 5, 1990


The older route was very steep hiking
Posted Dec 17, 2006 4:41 pm

Mike McDenny Creek  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 24, 2006

Mike Mc

# 24 Quite a bit of early season snow
Posted Dec 8, 2006 4:09 pm

BalletBoyDenny Creek Route: Perfect Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 24, 2006


Perfect day for a hike up Mount Yale. Everything was a spectacular green at the end of June.
Posted Nov 11, 2006 7:46 pm

winterfaeDenny Creek  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 24, 2006


This was my 2nd 14er and was a test on the legs especially on only 2 hours of sleep, but passed the test and made great time. Was a beautiful day, spent a good hour at the top enjoying the view and companionship of fellow hikers, some that I met on the top. Truly enjoy meeting other hikers on summits and hearing their stories and experiences. As for the tired legs, rewarded them with a soak in the hot springs down the road from the collegiate campgrounds!
Posted Oct 24, 2006 2:01 am

royswkrDenny  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 12, 1993
Found new FS trail up gulch the guidebooks said to avoid
Posted Sep 22, 2006 2:31 pm

lwillson83My 6th 14er!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2006


Beautiful climb with snow above 12,800 ft.
Posted Sep 21, 2006 10:51 pm

swm88erLong Ago  Sucess!


I hiked Yale several years ago. I didn’t think it was hard. False summits were frustrating, as I remember
Posted Sep 19, 2006 10:03 pm

whatisisPerfect Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 13, 2006


What an awesome day. Not too hot, no snow, no wind, and the trees were changing.
Posted Sep 19, 2006 4:56 pm

awillsonCold snowy climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2006


There was about a foot of snow at the summit left over from Fridays storm. A little slipery, but a great climb none the less. It was good to see some snow on the peaks.
Posted Sep 15, 2006 6:20 pm

bjd5578A snowy 20th 14er  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2006


After being turned back on Princeton the day before, it felt good to tackle Mt. Yale. This was a tough hike, and the snow above 12,000 feet certainly slowed us down, but it just made the top all the more beautiful! Not a bad way to end the 14er season for me, and my 20th 14er at that!
Posted Sep 14, 2006 3:36 am

roozers42Route Climbed: from Denny Creek  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 4, 2006


One of the most beautiful days on a 14er summit with a great partner - Sonja Lessman!
Posted Sep 11, 2006 4:27 am

rleclairEast Slopes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 4, 2006


This was a return summit attempt for me as 4 weeks earlier, my attempt on the East Slopes turned into a medical emergency for my climbing partner - altitude sickness with signs of ataxia. So, 4 weeks later, my friends Pamela, Pete, and Nancy started at 7:30 AM (Labor Day) on yet another glorious Colorado blue sky day. The trip up to 11,900 and the saddle was uneventful - more of a warm-up really. Heading west of the saddle following the ridgeline went well - past 12,500' where I had to turn around earlier the previous month. The East Slopes are a Class 2/Class 3- with sometimes difficult route finding but it is not terribly difficult if one stays on or near the ridgeline. We summitted in 5 hours and after spending 30-45 minutes on the summit decided to take the standard route down as it was more time efficient. Some good souls at the trailhead drove me back to the Avalanche Gulch TH in order to retrieve my car and bring cold beer/chips/salsa to my weary friends. All in all, a great day! Yale is a fun mountain although the standard route is not my most favorite trail - do the East Slopes!
Posted Sep 7, 2006 4:02 am

bc44caesarEast Ridge (from the South)  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2006


Thunderstormed the whole night before. Woke up at 5:30, still raining. Finally started at 7:25 and got rained on the whole way to the saddle, then snowed on on the way up to the summit. Better weather down to the saddle (still couldn't see anything though), but then rained on all the way back to the car. A couple lightning strikes very close by (you know, simultaneous flash-boom) with people still up high on the mountain! 3h20m to the summit, 5h40m RT.
Posted Aug 28, 2006 2:52 pm

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